Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and many others.
What are hate incidents and hate crimes?
Hate incidents and hate crime are acts of violence or hostility, directed at particular people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. For example, you may have been verbally abused by someone in the street because you’re disabled or because someone thought you were gay.
The police and Crown Prosecution Service have agreed a common definition of hate incidents. They say something is a hate incident if the victim or anyone else think it was motivated by hostility or prejudice based on one of the following personal characteristics:
When hate incidents become criminal offences, they are known as hate crimes. When something is classed as a hate crime, the judge can impose a tougher sentence on the offender under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
If you have experienced a hate incident or hate crime you can report it to the police. All police forces record hate incidents based on the five personal characteristics listed above.
Why are we running this survey?
Citizens Advice Medway wants to hear from people in the Medway towns about their experiences relating to hate crime, whether it directly affected them or someone they know. We've created a survey that you can complete anonymously which will help us to complete our research into how prevalent hate crime is in Medway. We can then use this information to raise awareness of hate crime and work towards reducing or eliminating it.
Please take a moment to complete the survey, which you can do by clicking the link below.